Discuss and demonstrate appropriate uses of live bait rescues, beyond contact rescues
Live bait rescues are sometimes used for setting safety in dangerous settings as in the Green Race. They are excellent for retrieving unconscious swimmers as well. They can also be helpful in foot entrapment rescues where you really need to work on manually freeing the victim. The beauty of this approach is the ability to hold onto the victim and safely guide them to shore. It may have some benefit in providing safety for unpinning a boat or freeing a pinned boater. As always, evaluate your alternatives and make an informed evaluation of speed and safety.
Rescuer and victim belayed in to shore
The belay team has some real work on their hands. For one thing, they are pulling two persons instead of one. Get a second person to help the belay person by holding them down. Have another person grab the taught line and walk down the line performing a vector pull. This will ease the load on the belay team and pull the rescuer and swimmer to shore much faster. It also provides an extra person closer to the landing zone for assistance.
Turn victim and hold to PFD, or execute cross chest or surf carry
Once you have the victim, cradle them in front of you and grab their PFD. Another great approach is to slide one arm under the shoulder strap and grab the other shoulder strap. You can still escape quickly if necessary and this leaves a free hand for grabbing a throw line or swimming. If you are securely attached on your rescue tether, you can hold the victim facing away from you in a great big bear hug if they are not too large in diameter. Another approach is to simply cross their chest with one arm (like a running back holds a football). This leaves the other arm free to swim with or grab a throw line.
Speak to victim
Talking to the victim in a clear and calm voice can improve the victim's confidence and avoid panic. Let the victim know what you want them to do so they can help you. If you are not in the right position (preferably upstream behind them), ask them to wait while you move into position. If they are panicking, ask them to back off while you take evasive action.
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